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Philadelphia Committee



Committee Chamber, August 14, 1775.

Resolved, That this Committee recommend to the inhabitants to choose the new Committee for six months.

August 15. — It being represented to the Committee by the inhabitants of Southwark, that the mode of voting in a general ticket at the ensuing election, is disagreeable to them, it is now agreed and recommended that they vote for their Representatives in Committee in a separate ticket.

Resolved, That the Fourth Article of the Association of the General Congress be inserted in the publick prints; and that this Committee are of opinion, that by the said Resolution no Vessel can be permitted to sail for Great Britain, Ireland, or the West-Indies, after the 9th day of September next.

"Fourth. The earnest desire we have not to injure our fellow-subjects in Great Britain, Ireland, or the West-Indies, induces us to suspend a non-exportation until the 10th day of September, 1775; at which time, if the said Acts and parts of Acts of the British Parliament hereinafter mentioned, are not repealed, we will not, directly or indirectly, export any Merchandise or commodity whatsoever to Great Britain, Ireland, or the West-Indies, except Rice to Europe."

The Committee resumed the consideration of the conduct of Messrs˙ Blackburne, Ashton, and John Dobson, of Liverpool, in shipping a cargo of Salt, per Brig Polly, to America.

It appeared that those gentlemen, having a full knowledge of the Association of the American Congress, had knowingly and wilfully concurred in shipping the said Salt, in direct violation of the same; that recourse had been had to artifice and interest with the Captain, in behalf of his owner, to influence him to take the Salt on board; and that the Captain had been expressly, in writing, directed to inform himself of the names of such persons in America as should oppose or obstruct the landing of the Salt, and transmit the same to England, under the seal of the Governour of the Province, or, if that could not be procured, of a Notary Publick.

Resolved, That the above be made publick, in order that the conduct of those gentlemen may be known to the good people of America, and that the Resolves of the Congress with respect to such persons may be strictly and sacredly carried into execution.

R˙ B˙ SMITH, Secretary.